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Book of Mormon Returns to Pittsburgh
For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:
PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh:
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org      
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WINNER! TONY AWARD BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! DRAMA DESK AWARD BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD BEST MUSICAL
WINNER! GRAMMY AWARD BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM

 THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
Heaven on Broadway!  A celebration of the privilege
of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
THE BOOK OF MORMON

Performances begin September 23 at Heinz Hall

Tickets On Sale July 17, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA:  Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking two week run in 2013, returns for a limited engagement.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that single tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 9:00 a.m for the Pittsburgh engagement of THE BOOK OF MORMON at Heinz Hall, September 23-October 5, 2014.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.


THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com.

Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook.

Monica L. Patton, David Larsen, Cody Jamison Strand
In Pittsburgh THE BOOK OF MORMON will play September 23 through October 5, 2014 at Heinz Hall. This tour is being offered as a ˜season special' from the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets ($40-$150) are available for purchase through official ticketing outlets, by calling (412) 315-3155, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org and www.CulturalDistrict.org. Single ticket sales are limited to 9 per customer.  For more information about the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh subscription series, please call (412) 456-1390 or email: subscriptions@TrustArts.org. Groups of 10 or more may call (412) 471-6930 or email groupsales@TrustArts.org orwww.TrustArts.org/groupsales.   PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.
Denee Benton, Cody Jamison Strand

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA
Broadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets. As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org

Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

PHOTO CREDIT:  Joan Marcus
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Publish Date: 08-13-2014 15:58:00
 

Music: Yanni, Benedum Center

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
YANNI: WORLD TOUR 2014
August 16, 2014 | 8 p.m. | Benedum Center
Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Yanni: World Tour 2014. The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series welcomes fans to experience Yanni in concert. Yanni's orchestra composed of top musicians and vocalists from around the world will perform music selections from the beginning of his career to his latest album. Tickets are currently on sale ranging from $42.25 $152.25.  The performance begins at 8:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center, on August 16. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit TrustArts.orgor call 412-456-6666.
Yanni is an acclaimed performer and composer who has influenced multiple genres of music through his talents. His
Yanni photo by Silvio Richetto
performances have grasped the attention of the world and continue to leave audiences in amazement. The 2014 world tour is traveling to over 20 countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Belarus, United States, and Canada.
Yanni is a Kalamata, Greece native who taught himself how to play the piano. Spending 15 hours a day on a piano and having perfect pitch contributed to his successful music career. His latest instrumental and vocal album, Inspirato, was released in April 2014 after four years of preparation. The music for this album took over 30 years because the creative inspiration stems from all of Yanni's past loves. Inspirato reached the number one spot on Billboard's Top New Age Album category for 2014. Other albums that have topped the charts are Yanni's Yanni Mexicanisimo, released in October 2010 and Truth of Touch, released in February 2011. With more than 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide, two Grammy nominations, and over 25 million albums sold globally, Yanni is a living legend.
Yanni photo by Krystal Ann
About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 08-08-2014 15:25:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org



Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for
Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing

What: Auditions for the comedy, BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
Directed by Van Kaplan

Principals must be available beginning January 19, 2014 and continuing through April 26, 2015.

Where: CLO Academy of Musical Theater, 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor.

When: Sunday, September 7, 2014; 11:00 am 7:00 pm.

Callbacks Monday, September 8, 2014. Time TBD

About the Show:
BOEING BOEING is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti. The English language adaptation, translated by Beverley Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 running for a total of seven years. In 1991, the play was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. The most recent revival on Broadway in 2008 won the TONY for best play revival.

It's the 1960s, and swinging American bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous Air Hostesses (Stewardesses) all engaged to him without knowing about each other. Bernard manages to juggle his dance card with careful planning and the reluctance of his acid tongued French Housekeeper Berthe. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert from Wisconsin comes to stay, and a new and speedier Boeing jet is introduced to the airlines which throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York.

Seeking:
All actors must possess the ability to play both physical and verbal comedy.

Bernard
30s-40s. Successful American architect, living in Paris. Handsome, well-educated, charming. Engaged to three air hostesses whom he manages to keep in the dark about one-another by managing their visits on a strict timetable. Takes boyish pleasure in the success of his devious doings, until his careful planning starts to fall apart, deflating his confidence.

Berthe
French, 40s-60s. Bernard's long-time live-in maid and cook. Although devoted to Bernard, she is wearying of keeping up with Bernard's revolving-door lifestyle, and by play's end she has been pushed as far as she will go. Dry and fantastically sarcastic; never afraid to say what's on her mind. French accent.

Robert
30s-40s. Bernard's schoolmate from back in the States; hasn't seen Bernard in close to 20 years. Shy, small-town, mid-western and sweet”somewhat a nerd by today's standards. Views Bernard's whirlwind juggling act of three fiancГ©s with awe and admiration until he gets wrapped up in it himself and his anxiety spins out of control.

Gloria
Bernard's American fiancГ©e, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for TWA. Epitome of a go-getter American woman; has a vigorous appetite for food and love. Completely adorable and supremely confident, but she might punch you if you dared call her cute . Southern accent.

Gretchen
Bernard's German fiancГ©e, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for Lufthansa. Has an intense Teutonic passion that can spin on a dime”one moment she might be soft and cuddly, and the next barking out orders and breaking furniture. Inspires equal amounts of lust and fear in those around her. German accent.

Gabriella
Bernard's Italian fiancГ©e, late 20s-30s. Air hostess for Alitalia. Sultry and full of fire, she is much smarter and more self-reliant than she first appears. Italian accent.

Requirements:
· Head shot and resume stapled together.
· Auditioners should prepare a one-minute comic monologue.
· Completed CLO Audition Application
Audition Process:
· Set up a time for your appointment using the audition request email. We will email your confirmation time back.
· (If this link does not automatically generate an email in your browser, please click here for detailed instructions on submitting an audition request.)
Download and complete the Audition Application. You will need to bring this to your audition appointment.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please call us at 412-281-3973 ext 234 to have one mailed to you.

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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 19 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, theRichard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and theCLO Cabaret.

Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

 

Publish Date: 08-08-2014 15:17:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                            

Media Contacts:
PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh:
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org

Images available: www.TrustArts.org/press
Search: 2014-2015 Broadway


            ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, DISNEY'S NEWSIES & MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
TO BE FEATURED ON LIFETIME® TELEVISION'S
THE BALANCING ACT®
                                               
BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA
Six-part miniseries will take viewers behind-the-scenes of 
some of the most beloved Broadway Musicals  

Pittsburgh, PA:  Broadway Across America has announced that ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney's NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be featured on Lifetime® Television's award-winning morning show The Balancing Act® as part of the six part series Broadway Balances America.


ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney's NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL are part of the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and the Pittsburgh Symphony.  ANNIE performances are October 28-November 2, 2014 at the Benedum Center; Disney's NEWSIES performances are November 25-30, 2014 at the Benedum Center; MOTOWN THE MUSICAL performances are December 30, 2014-January 4, 2015 at Heinz Hall; PIPPIN performances are January 20-25, 2015 at the Benedum Center and DIRTY DANCING performances are April 7-12, 2015 at the Benedum Center.   For more information about the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, visit www.TrustArts.org, in person: Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue or call (412) 456-4800.

Patrice Covington (center) as Martha Reeves in Motown the Musical (Joan Marcus)

Broadway Balances America segments will air on The Balancing Act® as follows, ANNIE will air on August 12 and 19; DIRTY DANCING will air on September 9 & 16; PIPPIN will air on October 29 and November 5; Disney's NEWSIES will air on November 6 and 13; and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will air on November 8 and 25.


Broadway Balances America will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney's NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL casts, creatives and crews, even experiencing what it's like to dance in their shoes.

Cast of Newsies (Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus)

 Host Olga Villaverde had the time of her life when she traveled to Orlando and danced with Johnny Castle, the star of DIRTY DANCING.  She even learned the iconic leap that stole people's hearts in the original movie classic. Balancing Act correspondent Amber Milt hit the boards on Broadway for a unique look at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Disney's NEWSIES, ANNIE and PIPPIN.

Amber Milt goes backstage for a Supreme transformation at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, which tells the behind-the-hits story of Motown founder Berry Gordy and the launch of legendary girl group The Supremes, The Jackson Five and more. Disney's NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical, tells the true and captivating story of the 1899 newsboys' strike and a band of underdogs who fight for what's right while staying true to themselves.  The segment focuses on Disney's new national campaign, the Get Up and Go! program, which promotes fun ways for kids to lead more active and healthier lifestyles through NEWSIES' Tony Award® winning choreography and music.  The ANNIE segment puts a spotlight on young kids (and their parents) going through the audition process to show what it takes to play one of Broadway's most cherished roles in the iconic musical about everyone's favorite orphan.  PIPPIN takes us into a captivating world of aerial acrobatics and temptation in this brand new Tony Award® winning production in which a young prince must decide whether he should risk it all in a blaze of glory or choose a simpler path as he searches for the meaning of life.

Josef Brown and Amanda Leigh Cobb (Photo Courtesy of National Broadway Tour)

 We are really excited to partner with Broadway Across America so together we can take our viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows now touring all across the country and meet some of the actors, directors and choreographers who bring it all to life.  Also, with ˜the Arts' being taken out of so many school curriculums it's great that Broadway Classroom® provides students an opportunity to connect with the art community. We're thrilled that Broadway Across America shares our passion for helping empower adults and kids alike and to instill and cultivate an appreciation for the Arts, said Dr. Thomas C. Deters, President and CEO, O2 Media„c, producers of The Balancing Act.

Broadway musicals are not just the New York art form; they are the great American art form.  We thank our network of local theater partners nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country, said Lauren Reid, CEO Theater Division, Broadway Across America.



The final segment takes viewers into Broadway Classroom® where students are introduced to all elements of the Broadway industry in collaboration with performers and industry professionals.  Classes range from Broadway 101, an introduction to Broadway, to Musical Theatre Song and Movement, a master class where students learn the music, choreography and staging from a current Broadway musical.

To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, please visit: www.broadwaybalancesamerica.com

About Broadway Across America
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets.  As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre.  Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises and The Producers.  Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com andBroadway.com.

About The Balancing Act® on Lifetime Television
Now in its 7th year, The Balancing Act® continues to empower women in all aspects of their lives. The mission at The Balancing Act® is simple -- the show strives to help today's modern woman balance it all by bringing them exceptional solutions to everyday problems. Entertaining, educational and trusted by women, viewers can watch America's premier morning show The Balancing Act® weekday mornings on Lifetime television at 7 am (ET/PT).

 For additional information or to view a segment visit:  www.thebalancingact.com.

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

 

Publish Date: 08-08-2014 15:02:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224
ajones@pittsburghCLO.org
Images: Press Room
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Tony Award-Winning Broadway Hit & Audience Favorite to Complete
10th Anniversary CLO Cabaret Season!

Pittsburgh, PA · July 29, 2014 Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to announce that Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation Boeing Boeing will join the Pittsburgh premiere of Off-Broadway hit Murder For Two and audience favorite Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women to complete the 2014-2015 CLO Cabaret Series.  

CLO Cabaret Series packages are now on sale and can be purchased by calling our Season Ticket hotline at 412-281-2822.  Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 412-325-1582 or emailing Groups@pittsburghCLO.org.

Murder For Two
October 22, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Music by Joe Kinosian
Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair

EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT AT THE CLO CABARET!
Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder!  In this witty and winking musical homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries, 2 performers play 13 roles ” not to mention the piano!  The New York Times calls this hilarious 90-minute whodunit INGENIOUS!  A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.  You won't want to miss this killer musical comedy!

Boeing Boeing
February 5-April 26, 2015
By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross
Revised by Francis Evans
Directed by Van Kaplan

ONE MAN + THREE STEWARDESSES = NON-STOP COMEDY!
This Tony Award®-winning swingin' ˜60s farce features Bernard, a wannabe-Casanova, with Italian, German, and American fiancГ©es, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent layovers. He keeps one up, one down and one pending until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time. A riotous hit comedy that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Pittsburgh - fasten your seatbelts!

Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women
May 27-August 16, 2015
By Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein

A MUST-SEE FOR GIRLS OF ALL AGES!
Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women is a hilarious hit about two women discovering their childhood diaries and the sweet, awkward, embarrassing and heartwarming stories they inspire. A combination of sketch comedy, improvisation and musical numbers with a little audience participation thrown in Girls Only is the perfect way to celebrate all things girly. Don't miss what the Denver Post calls truly brilliant! and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, Keep the laughs coming!




The CLO Cabaret Series Subscription is available for $100 and includes:
· Tickets to Murder for Two, Boeing Boeing and Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women
· Choice of show dates and times
· Convenient ticket exchange
· The above price includes up to a 25% discount

CLO Cabaret Series Performances
Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
Select Thursdays at 1:00pm

Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our 2014-2015 CLO Cabaret Series Sponsor: the Charity Randall Foundation.
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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 19 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, theRichard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and theCLO Cabaret.

Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

 

Publish Date: 07-31-2014 20:12:00
 
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2014

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra partners with CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER FOR 21+ Night To EXPLORE ˜THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE'


PITTSBURGH, July 23, 2014 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the Carnegie Science Center for a special adults-only evening, featuring symphonic sounds with a scientific twist. The Sounds of Science is the theme of the Science Center's next 21+ Night on Friday, Aug. 1, from 6 10 pm.
Throughout the evening, musicians will demonstrate their instruments, including a double bass and a bassoon. They'll even hook up instruments to the Science Center's Rubens' Tube, which visually demonstrates an instrument's sound waves and pressure by shooting flames into the air.

Visitors can dance on a giant floor piano and play a tune with Boomwhackers, hollow percussion tubes. Stations throughout the building will offer the materials for DIY musical instruments, including a one-note harmonica. Guests can test their musical knowledge at a live action Trivial Pursuit game, complete with a prize giveaway. Visitors can pose with a Mozart-cut out and enter to win a Mozart prize pack. Fiddlesticks, the orchestra's fiddlin' feline ambassador, will make a special appearance.

As always, 21+ Night features music, cash bars, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits with no kids!

Participants get a discount on Omnimax films and laser shows that evening. The cost of the event is just $10 with advance registration before noon on the day of the event or $15 after noon at the door. Guests will receive a voucher for $15 in free slot play at the Rivers Casino when they arrive, while supplies last.
21+ Nights are sponsored by Trib Total Media, and Bob and Q92 Radio.

For more information or to register, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call 412.237.3400.

About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center's goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh's premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.

About Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh's cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras. The Pittsburgh Symphony has made 40 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. Under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff's Silver Jubilee celebration. The PSO has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International (PRI). The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

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Contact: Susan Zimecki, Carnegie Science Center
Phone: 412.237.1657 | email: ZimeckiS@CarnegieScienceCenter.org

Contact: Rossilynne Culgan, Carnegie Science Center
Phone: 412.237.1537 | email: CulganR@CarnegieScienceCenter.org

Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications & External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org

Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 20:08:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
Media Contacts:
Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
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Search Name: 2014 Mannheim Steamroller


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN JULY!
 TICKETS ON SALE NOW
THE NATIONAL TOUR BEGINS ON
NOVEMBER 12 AND CONTINUES THROUGH DECEMBER 28, 2014


Pittsburgh, PA:  Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis and co-producer MagicSpace Entertainment are celebrating Christmas in July!  Tickets went on sale on Friday, July 25, 2014 in cities across America for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, the longest running tour in the music industry.  Join us for this holiday tradition as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of the group's very first holiday CD, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.   It's also the 40th Anniversary of Davis' first album in his Fresh Aire series which pioneered a brand new category in the music industry.  For more information about the national tour, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, visitwww3.mannheimsteamroller.com/events/.

In Pittsburgh, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis will perform on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center.  This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Single tickets are on sale!  Tickets ($37.25 - $82.25) are available at TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller

From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry's largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis' innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell.  Davis revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music with the release of his first Christmas album in 1984. The album's success made Christmas records a must do for all music artists.  With more than 40 million total records sold including 28 million Christmas albums, Mannheim Steamroller founder Chip Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time.

Davis, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offers a rich array of lifestyle products onwww.mannheimsteamroller.com including hot chocolate, food, apparel and novelty items.  His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic and is also being studied by NASA for potential use in space.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  They have offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.  www.magicspace.net

AS OF FRIDAY, JULY 25 TICKETS ARE ON SALE IN THE FOLLOWING CITIES:
Performance Date    City                                         Theatre
11/12/2014                  Pensacola, FL                         Saenger Theatre
11/13/2014                  Loveland, CO                          Budweiser Event Center
11/14/2014                  Colorado Springs, CO           Pikes Peak Center
11/15/2014                  Jacksonville, FL                     Moran Theatre
11/15/2014                  Salina, KS                               Bicentennial Center
11/19/2014                  Sarasota, FL                           Van Wezel
11/20/2014                  Bemidji, MN                           Sanford Center
11/22/2014                  Atlanta, GA                            Fox Theatre
11/22/2014                  Sioux City, IA                        Orpheum Theatre
11/23/2014                  Charlotte, NC                         Blumenthal
11/23/2014                  Kansas City, MO                  Kauffman Center
11/24/2014                  North Charleston, SC            N Charleston PAC
11/26/2014                  Davenport, IA                        Adler Theatre
11/28/2014                  Providence, RI                       Providence PAC
11/28/2014                  Saginaw, MI                           Dow Events Center
11/29/2014                  Atlantic City, NJ                    Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
11/30/2014                  Hershey, PA                           Hershey Theatre
  12/3/2014                   Bethlehem, PA                      Sands Bethlehem
  12/4/2014                   South Bend, IN                     Morris PAC
  12/5/2014                   Fort Wayne, IN                     Embassy Theatre
  12/6/2014                   Cedar Rapids, IA                  US Cellular Center
  12/7/2014                   Detroit, MI                             Fox Theatre
  12/7/2014                   Minneapolis, MN                 Orpheum
  12/9/2014                   Orono, ME                             Collins Center for the Arts
12/910/2014              St. Louis, MO                         Fox Theatre
12/11/2014                  Paducah, KY                           Carson Center
12/11/2014                  Stamford, CT                           Palace Theatre
12/12/2014                  Waterbury, CT                        Palace Theatre
12/14/2014                  Milwaukee, WI                       Riverside Theatre
12/14/2014                  Richmond, VA                        Landmark Theatre
12/16/2014                  Bowling Green, KY                Southern Kentucky PAC
12/16/2014                  Pittsburgh, PA                        Benedum Center
12/17/2014                  Muncie, IN                              Emens Auditorium
12/18/2014                  Dubuque, IA                           Five Flags Center
12/19/2014                  Cleveland, OH                        State Theatre
12/19-20/2014             Des Moines, IA                     Civic Center
12/21/2014                  Columbus, OH                        Palace Theatre
12/21/2014                  Wichita, KS                            Century II Concert Hall
12/22-23/2014             Omaha, NE                             Orpheum Theater
12/23/2014                  Birmingham, AL                     BJCC Concert Hall
12/26/2014                  Austin, TX                             Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
12/26/2014                  Tempe, AZ                              Palace Theatre
12/27/2014                  Houston, TX                          Jones Hall
12/28/2014                  Dallas, TX                               Music Hall at Fair Park
12/28/2014                  San Diego, CA                       Civic Theatre
 IN ADDITION, TICKETS ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE IN THE FOLLOWING CITIES:
 Performance Date   City                                         Theatre
11/14/2014                  Lakeland, FL                          The Lakeland Center
11/16/2014                  Gainesville, FL                       Phillips Center
11/18/2014                  Sioux Falls, SD                       Washington Pavilion
11/25/2014                  Newport News, VA               Ferguson Center
11/30/2014                  Wisconsin Dells, WI            Crystal Grand Music Hall
  12/1/2014                  Winston-Salem, VA              LJVM
  12/2/2014                   Durham, NC                           DPAC
12/12/2014                   Joliet, IL                                  Rialto Square Theatre
12/13/2014                  Bethesda, MD                        Strathmore
12/13/2014                  Normal, IL                               Braden Auditorium
12/20/2014                  Rosemont, IL                          Rosemont Theatre
12/27/2014                  Tucson, AZ                            Centennial Hall

For more information about the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis tour, visit www3.mannheimsteamroller.com/events/.

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis.  Photos courtesy of the Artist
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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 20:00:00
 
For Immediate Release
July 30, 2014


STAR TREK STAR GEORGE TAKEI TO HOST PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S ˜SCI-FI SPECTACULAR' PNC POPS CONCERT IN NOVEMBER

PITTSBURGH Oh myyyyyyyyy¦.the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced today that George Takei, who first came to fame as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek television show, will host the PNC Pops concert Sci-Fi Spectacular on Nov. 14-16 at Heinz Hall.

Takei ” who is an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the Broadway musical Allegiance, host of the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei's Take and subject of the documentary To Be Takei ” will host and narrate an out-of-this-world concert experience. Led by Jack Everly, Sci-Fi Spectacular features music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and much more!

Widely recognized for his vocal talents, Takei has been a guest narrator with numerous symphony orchestras. He narrated "A Survivor from Warsaw" with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero in February 2013 and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Philip Mann in 2012. He narrated "Sci-Fi Spectacular" with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in January 2014, North Carolina Symphony in June 2013, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in June 2012, Toronto Symphony Orchestra in May 2012, Detroit Symphony Orchestra in March 2012, Kansas City Symphony in January 2012, Naples (Florida) Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2011, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in July 2010, Cleveland Orchestra in August 2009, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra in April 2009, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in January 2009, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in January 2008 and February 2014, and Seattle Symphony in September 2007. Takei narrated "Look to the Future" with the San Francisco Symphony in July 2009. In 2008, he hosted "To Boldly Go" with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Sarah Hatsuko Hicks. In November 2004, Takei narrated Copeland's Lincoln Portrait with the Honolulu Symphony conducted by Samuel Wong. He has narrated Johan de Meij's Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings with the Springfield, Mass., Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kevin Rhodes as well as with the Long Island Philharmonic, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Orange County California Wind Orchestra and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Lakeland, Fla., all conducted by David Warble.

Single tickets for the 2014-2015 PNC Pops season go on sale on Aug. 25 and season tickets to the seven-concert series are available now. Tickets can be purchased at pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.
The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2014-2015 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. Takei starred in three seasons of Star Trek and later reprised his iconic role in six movies. To Be Takei, a Jennifer M. Kroot documentary on the life and career of Takei, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 and will have a theatrical release on Aug. 22, 2014. Takei's Take, produced by AARP, is a new YouTube series where Takei explores the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture. Mashable.com in 2012 reported Takei is the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, currently with more than 7.3 million likes. Takei has more than 1.2 million followers on Twitter. Takei authored Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back and Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet, released in e-book and paperback in 2012, and it ranked #10 on the New York Times E-book nonfiction list. Takei and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga are developing "Allegiance A New American Musical. The musical is an epic story of love, family and heroism during the Japanese American internment. Allegiance's world premiere at the Old Globe theatre in San Diego in 2012 will be followed by a Broadway run. In addition to a busy acting career, Takei regularly appears on Howard Stern's Sirius XM satellite radio show. Takei has brought his voiceover talent to hundreds of characters in film, television, video games and commercials during his prolific career. Takei, a Japanese American who from age 4 to 8 was unjustly interned in two U.S. internment camps during World War II, is an outspoken supporter of human right issues and community activist. He is chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The openly gay Takei has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign "Coming Out Project," and was cultural affairs chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League.  He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S.-Japanese relations. In 2007, Asteroid 7307 Takei, located between Mars and Jupiter, was named in the performer's honor in appreciation for his social work. Takei lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Brad Takei.

Editors Please Note:

Friday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m.

HEINZ HALL
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PNC POPS: SCI-FI SPECTACULAR
JACK EVERLY, conductor
GEORGE TAKEI, host
KRISTEN PLUMLEY, vocalist

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 19:53:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 412-471-8712/Warchall@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org        
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
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Search: No Limits 2014


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE NO LIMITS ARTIST
ALEXANDRE ARRECHEA
ARTIST TALK, FILM SCREENING, AND PUBLIC ART TOUR
August 25, 6 p.m. | Talk & Screening | Peirce Studio | 805 Liberty Avenue
August 26, Noon | Public Art Walking Tour | Penn Avenue & 10th Street

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea will be in Pittsburgh August 25 & 26, 2014, discussing his public artwork on view throughout downtown Pittsburgh through September 5, 2014. Three monumental sculptures that are part of Arrechea's series No Limits were installed during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in Gateway Center and at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, with generous support from The Fine Foundation. The events are hosted in partnership with the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art. Reservations can be made online at publicartpittsburgh.org or by calling 412-391-2060, ext. 237.

Courthouse 2013 (Joshua Franzos)

A free artist talk and documentary screening of No Limits will be held in the Peirce Studio, Trust Arts Education Center, 805/807 Liberty Avenue, Monday, August 25, at 6 p.m. The evening features Arrechea”winner of the Fund for Park Avenue Award in 2013”discussing his sculptural work No Limits. There will also be a screening of the artist's documentary No Limits (USA, 2013/26 min.), which examines the relationship between architecture and power, covering the entire process of fabrication and installation of these monumental sculptures. No Limits was directed and written by Juan Carlos Alom, Armando SuГ¡rez CobiГ¡n, and Ismael de Diego.

Metropolitan Life Insurance 2013 (Annie O'Neill)

On Tuesday, August 26, at noon, Arrechea will lead a free public art walking tour of his works. Participants should meet at Penn Avenue and 10th Street, in front of the Seagram sculpture, near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The walking tour will visit each of the artist's three installations in addition to public artworks along the walking route, including Tony Tasset's Magnolias for Pittsburgh and Romare Bearden's Pittsburgh Recollections. The tour will last approximately one hour.

Arrechea's No Limits is series of ten large-scale sculptures representing iconic New York City buildings that plays on the idea of elastic architecture as a metaphor for the challenges and opportunities of shifting conditions and new realities. Through his art, Arrechea entices the viewer to explore his or her own role in such concepts as control, power, and surveillance.

The buildings portrayed in No Limits are twisted, turned, and rotated, and are fused to spinning tops, or tompos (toy tops popular in Latin America), resulting in the idea of a building in perpetual motion”a building that can continuously spin, fall, or rise again.

Seagrams 2013 (Renee Rosensteel)
With this installation, I have created a set of works that confront dynamism vs. static, the whole vs. the fragmented, control vs. chaos, utopia vs. reality, says artist Alexandre Arrechea. The series provides a new point of access from which to understand the dialog between art and architecture and how this relationship can evolve and open new doors.

Sculpture Locations: Metropolitan Life Insurance, Four Gateway Center, near Liberty Ave. & Stanwix St.; Courthouse, Four Gateway Center, in upper level plaza; Seagram, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, near Penn Ave. & 10th St.

Alexandre Arrechea (born Trinidad, Cuba, 1970) graduated from Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba, in 1994. He was a founding member of the collective Los Carpinteros (19912003). As a solo artist, Arrechea represented his homeland in the first ever Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011), as well as the 11th Havana Biennial (2012). Arrechea was the spring 2011 BAMbill cover artist as well as featured in Hola Havana for the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of ¡Si Cuba! Festival (2011). A key source for this work is the prominence of surveillance systems and the accompanying obsession with control during our time. Works such as the Garden of Mistrust(20032005) and Perpetual Free Entrance (2006) deal with troubles of accessibility or approach to artwork. An installation he created for the 2009 Havana Biennial consisted of a steel house divided into eleven sections, the separation between walls changing daily, depending of the rise or fall of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In March 2010, Arrechea was chosen to create a public art program in New York City's Times Square. The video work Black Sun (2009) was a 3-D animated wrecking ball that continuously hit the NASDAQ Billboard. Arrechea's work is ultimately a provocative exercise of criticisms to the known structures of power in our time.

About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 19:33:00
 
For Immediate Release
July 14, 2014


STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF FORMER PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR LORIN MAAZEL

PITTSBURGH” The entire Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra organization was saddened to learn of the passing Maestro Lorin Maazel, who served as the orchestra's music director from 1984 to 1996. Maazel, age 84, died on July 13, 2014 in Virginia from complications following pneumonia.

Maazel was a world-renowned conductor, as well as a composer, mentor, father and husband, who devoted more than 75 years of his life to music-making. He took the baton of the Pittsburgh Symphony during a critical time in its history, following the departure of Andre Previn. The symphony developed an unrivaled international following under his leadership, gathering future stature as he led tours of Europe, Asia and the Americas, added first-rank players to vital positions and programmed season-long retrospectives that appealed to audiences and critics alike.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Maestro Lorin Maazel. There can be no doubt that he had a significant impact on the musical life of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the music world as a whole. I, myself, played many times under his baton and was struck by his prodigious talent and quest for perfection, said Manfred Honeck, current music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He left behind a core of musical leaders that still define the Pittsburgh Symphony today and an incredible standard of playing. As one of his successors, I am deeply indebted to him for creating the ideal culture of musicians and the music-making exemplified in this orchestra. All of us at the Pittsburgh Symphony and our audiences, both here and around the world, continue to benefit from the work he did in Pittsburgh. I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family and his many friends and fans. We have truly lost one of the world's greatest conductors.

Born in Paris in 1930, Maazel began violin lessons at age five, and conducting lessons at age seven. He and his family moved to Pittsburgh so that he could study conducting with Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, who had become associate conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1939. Between ages nine and 15, he conducted most of the major American orchestras, including the NBC Symphony at the invitation of Arturo Toscanini. In the course of his decades-long career, Maazel conducted more than 150 orchestras in no fewer than 5,000 opera and concert performances. He made more than 300 recordings, including symphonic cycles of complete orchestral works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss, winning 10 Grands Prix du Disques.

During his career, Maazel served as artistic director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and general manager of the Vienna State Opera, as music director of the Radio Symphony of Berlin, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, with whom he made an unprecedented visit to North Korea in 2008. He also was a highly regarded composer, with a wide-ranging catalog of works written primarily over the last 15 years.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins the international music community in mourning the passing of a Pittsburgh native who began his music career as a child prodigy and grew to become the most prolific conductor of perhaps all time. He conducted some 150 orchestras during his lifetime and we, in Pittsburgh, benefited from and deeply respected his time with us as music director. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Maazel family, said James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 19:29:00
 
CONTACT:
Ramesh Santanam | Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Conservatory of Performing Arts
rsantanam@pointpark.edu |412.392.8106

Louis Corsaro | Managing Director, Marketing & Communications, Point Park University
lcorsaro@pointpark.edu | 412.392.6190

Point Park University-produced documentary series ˜The Chair' will begin Sept. 6 on Starz

The 10-episode series will air at 10 p.m., Saturdays; follows competing film directors making 2 movies, ˜Not Cool' and ˜Hollidaysburg'

PITTSBURGH The Point Park University-produced documentary series, The Chair, will begin airing on Saturday, Sept. 6, on STARZ as the channel's first original unscripted series.

The 10-episode series will air at 10 p.m., on Saturdays.

Created by veteran Hollywood producer Chris Moore, The Chair is a STARZ original filmmaking experiment that follows two first-time directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, as they compete to make two separate feature films from the same script, How Soon Is Now?

The Chair will document the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both films - Hollidaysburg directed by Martemucci, who grew up in State College and attended Penn State, and Not Cool, directed by Dawson. Through multiplatform voting, viewers will ultimately determine which director will be awarded $250,000. Both films will also air on STARZ.

More than 100 Point Park students and alumni from a variety of majors supported the TV series and two feature films as interns, employees, and through class projects. Additionally, production offices were located on Point Park University's campus in downtown Pittsburgh.

Point Park University is proud to be a partner on ˜The Chair,' and we are excited for Starz viewers to see a finished product that employed a number of University students and alumni, said Paul Hennigan, president of Point Park. This project acts as an economic driver and incubator for original entertainment that boosts the local economy while giving our students the kind of experience they need to thrive in the real world.

The University plans to hold weekly screening parties of The Chair on campus.

We are excited that the start of the show coincides with the start of our new academic year, said Nelson Chipman, associate professor of cinema arts at Point Park University.  It will be thrilling to not only see Point Park and the City of Pittsburgh profiled on the national stage, but also a great way to highlight all the work current students and alums have done on the project and to share it with the University community at large."

The Chair is also produced by Pittsburgh native and renowned actor, Zachary Quinto, and his production company, Before The Door Pictures.

Written by Dan Schoffer, the film is a coming-of-age comedy about a group of former high school classmates who return home from college for Thanksgiving.

The directors will have creative leeway to develop their respective films using their own ingenuity and distinct experience. While they are both first-time feature film directors, Dawson is an Internet superstar whose YouTube comedy channels boast more than 10 million subscribers and more than a billion views. Martemucci is a writer, actor and filmmaker who most recently received critical recognition for her independent film "Breakup at a Wedding," which she co-wrote, produced and starred in.

Moore has served as producer or executive producer on such films as Good Will Hunting, Glory Daze, Best Laid Plans, Joy Ride, American Pie, Waiting and Reindeer Games.  He formed LivePlanet alongside Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Sean Bailey, and was the creator of Project Greenlight. Since 2005, Moore has directed or produced American Reunion, The Adjustment Bureau, The People Speak, The Last Resort, and Promised Land, which also was filmed in Pittsburgh. He's currently the co-founder and managing director of The Media Farm.

Quinto graduated from Central Catholic High School and Carnegie Mellon University.  His television roles include Adam Kaufman on the Fox series 24 and Sylar on the science fiction series, Heroes.  He also played Spock in the remake of Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek into the Darkness (2013).  He recently starred on Broadway as Tom in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. His production company, Before the Door Pictures, produced the Academy Award-nominated film, Margin Call, in which Quinto also starred, and last year's critically acclaimed film, All is Lost, starring Robert Redford.

About Point Park University Founded in 1960, Point Park University is a comprehensive master's-level university with a strong liberal arts tradition.  Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park enrolls 3,841 full- and part-time students in 82 undergraduate programs and 17 graduate programs offered through its School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication and the Conservatory of Performing Arts.

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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 19:24:00
 
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Join Pittsburgh CLO for
Practical, Dramatical, Fanatical CATS!
You are Cordially Invited to Attend the Jellicle Ball, July 18-27


Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ July 10, 2014 Jellicle cats come one, come all! Join the Jellicle Ball July 18-27 with Pittsburgh CLO's production of CATS! A talented company of felines will bring Andrew Lloyd Webber's mysterious masterpiece to life on the Benedum Center stage. 

Featuring your favorite Jellicle Cats on the night of their annual gathering, this song and dance extravaganza is the purrfect opportunity for the entire family to create a memory that will live forever! Winner of seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies including Mr. Mistoffelees and the multi-million selling hit Memory. It holds as one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history!

ABOUT THE CAST
Elizabeth Stanley (Grizabella) last appeared at Pittsburgh CLO as Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde.  Broadway original roles: Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne), Cry-Baby (Allison), and Company (April - 2007 Tony Award®).  First National Tour: Xanadu (Kira). NY: Merrily We Roll Along (Gussie) at New York City Center, Encores! Off-Broadway: Hello, Again (The Nurse - Drama League Nomination). TV: The Black Box, Made in Jersey, Fringe, The Chappelle Show, and PBS Great Performances.  Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Goodspeed, Sacramento Music Circus, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Rep. of St. Louis, O'Neill, La Jolla Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse.

Ken T.  Prymus (Old Deuteronomy) started at the age of 16 with the Academy Award-winning documentary The Young Americans. He has appeared in many films, including In Cold Blood, The Model Shop and M*A*S*H. Broadway credits include The Wiz (The Lion), Ain't Misbehavin' and 71/2 years of CATS as Old Deuteronomy. He has performed in London and throughout Great Britain performing The Greatness of Ray Charles, in Vermont at Northern Stage as the Lion in The Wizard of Oz and just completed working at Chicago's Goodman theatre in Mary.

Michael Brian Dunn (Gus/Growltiger) last appeared in Pittsburgh CLO's productions of CATS andThe Full Monty. Broadway: The Life, CATS, Guys and Dolls, Big River, Baby, Sweeney Todd. National/International Tours: Amadeus, HMS Pinafore, If This Hat Could Talk, Stratford Festival Canada:HMS Pinafore, (Ralph Rackstraw) Nina and the Twelve Months, Tokyo, (performed in Japanese) Off Broadway: Perfect Crime, Ensemble Studio Theater, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Love In Two Countries, Lenny and The Heartbreakers & Death Of Von Richthofen both at New York Shakespeare Festival, Gifts of the Magi, Kenedy's Children. Regional Theaters: All over the country. Television: Law and Order CI, Trial by Jury, S.V.U.  Film: Julie & Julia (Ivan Cousins) starring Meryl Streep.

Kevin Loreque (Rum Tum Tugger) recently filmed co-starring roles on Boardwalk Empire, Elementary and Person of Interest. He played Tugger in the Broadway tour of CATS, and worked off-Broadway in The Poisoned at NYTW and In the Theatre at The York. International tour: I Am My Own Wife (Africa, UK, US). He's an Ovation Award and Kevin Kline Award nominee and a Drama-Logue Award winter.
Daniel J. Self (Munkustrap) makes his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Previously appearing in the 30th Anniversary North American Tour of CATS and the 1st National Tour of Catch Me If You Can, Daniel received his training at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts on the Central Coast of California. Favorite roles include Gabe in Next to Normal and Andy Lee in 42nd Street.

Andrew Wilson (Mr. Mistofelees) hails from Grove City, PA, where he studied gymnastics and dance at Butler Gymnastics Club & Dotty McGill's School of Dance. National tours: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan(MSG), CATS (25th Anniversary), Seven Brides. He originated the role of the Magic Carpet in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular on the recently opened Disney Fantasy cruise ship. Favorite credits: Miss Saigon(Dragon Acrobat/Dance Captain), Cav/Pag (Featured Gymnast, NYC Opera), Wizard of Oz (Sac. Music Circus) and Toy Story: The Musical original cast (Dance Captain).

Sara Blodgett (Victoria) has appeared in Pittsburgh CLO productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Alice), Phantom (Belladova) and 42nd Street.  International tour: West Side Story. National tour: The Music Man. Professional ballet: Ballet West and Ballet West II, Connecticut Ballet (soloist). She holds a B.S. in Business and Marketing, University of San Francisco.

Jesse Carrey (Skimbleshanks) returns for his second season with Pittsburgh CLO. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon in Musical Theater in 2013.

Ashley Chasteen (Bombalurina) credits include Catch Me if You Can First National Tour, CATSNational Tour, Castle Walk, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Lucas Fedele (Coricopat) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh. Past Pittsburgh CLO credits includeSingin' in the Rain, Legally Blonde the Musical, Footloose, Phantom, 42nd Street, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Fiddler on the Roof. National Tours: Hello, Dolly! Starring Sally Sruthers, Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

Jeff Kuhr (Plato/Macavity) returns to Pittsburgh after graduating from Point Park University with a B.A. in Dance. Credits: Sacramento Music Circus, Cape Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter, Riverside Theater, Pioneer Theater, North Shore Music Theater, NCL, HAL.

Mara Newbery (Rumpleteazer) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing in 42nd Street as Anytime Annie. Credits include A Christmas Story, the Musical (Broadway), On Your Toes (Encores!), and Shrek the Musical (1st Nat'l Tour). BFA University of Michigan.

Will Porter (Mongojerrie) will make his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Previous credits include CATS (National Tour), A Chorus Line, Cabaret and Bye Bye Birdie.

Amanda Pulcini (Jennyanydots) last appeared this summer in Pittsburgh CLO's productions of Singin' in the Rain and Legally Blonde The Musical. Credits- NY: Lend Me A Tenor (Maggie), Fiddler on the Roof (u/s Tzietel), Nine starring Robert Cuccioli (Swing), Legally Blonde (Chutney). Regional: Annie Get Your Gun (Annie), Cats (Jennyanydots, BroadwayWorld.com nomination for Best Supporting Actress)
Ethan Saviet (Tumblebrutus) is a rising senior musical theatre major at Syracuse University. Most recent regional credits include: Mary Poppins (Neleus), Legally Blonde, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Jenna Nicole Schoen (Demeter) makes her Pittsburgh CLO debut. Regional: Theory of Relativity(Goodspeed), La Cage Aux Folles, CATS (Theatre by the Sea). NYC Premiere of Le Cabaret Grimm(NYMF). BFA, The Boston Conservatory.

Paige Silvester (Silabub) recently made her Pittsburgh CLO debut in Evita as an ensemble member in the First National Tour.  Other credits include The Sound of Music, Oliver! and A Little Night Music at Sacramento Music Circus, Chicago at MUNY and CATS at North Carolina Theatre.

Lily Emilia Smith (Jellylorum) is a native of Mount Lebanon, PA, and a recent graduate of Syracuse University drama.

Kathryn Terza (Tantomile) will perform in her 15th Pittsburgh CLO production. Most recent: NY City Center Encores! production of Most Happy Fella. Broadway tour of West Side Story as Fernanda, understudying Maria (also in Canada, Japan, Paris). Favorite regional credits: Lysistrata Jones(Cleonice), Cats (Demeter), Grease (ChaCha), Hello, Dolly! (us Minnie Fay) at Goodspeed and Meadow Brook Theater.

Tory Trowbridge (Cassandra) made her Pittsburgh CLO debut earlier this season in Singin' in the Rain, Legally Blonde the Musical and Footloose. Favorite credits include: National Tour: CATS. Other:Funny Girl (Bubbles) A Chorus Line (Val), Hairspray (Luanne), Legally Blonde (Pilar), West Side Story(Maria), Street Scene (Mae).

CATS  is complete with a talented vocal ensemble, including Tsilala Graham-Haynes, Stephanie Maloney, Connor McRory, Zach Miller and Liz Schmitz.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Richard Stafford (Director/Choreographer) has multiple Pittsburgh CLO credits, including Oliver!, Joseph¦Dreamcoat, CATS, On the Town, Phantom and Camelot.  Broadway: choreographer for In My Life (Music Box Theatre), dance supervisor for CATS (Winter Garden Theatre). International: The Full Monty, Joseph ¦ Dreamcoat (Mexico City), CATS (Copenhagen, Sao Paulo, Rio). National Tours:CATS, My Fair Lady, Joseph ¦ Dreamcoat (starring Debbie Gibson and Patrick Cassidy). Recent Regional: classics such as The King and I, Crazy for You and Annie Get Your Gun as well as musicals such as Miss Saigon, Curtains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at premier theatres around the country. Mr. Stafford won the Barrymore Award for outstanding choreography for La Cage aux Folles at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Tom Helm (Music Director) returns for his 19th season with Pittsburgh CLO. His theater credits include the Broadway productions of Souvenir, Les MisГ©rables, Me and My Girl, Cats and Brigadoon. He has also contributed his talents to television programs such as Crazy For You and the Today Show. Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national theaters.

Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) recently completed work on Pittsburgh CLO's Singin' in the Rain, Legally Blonde the Musical, Footloose and Ring of Fire at the CLO Cabaret. He has designed for every local company in Pittsburgh. National credits include: The Asolo, Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Merrimack Reparatory Company, The Arden Theatre Company, Spoleto Festival USA, Dallas Summer Musicals, Theater of the Stars, Madison Opera, as well as others. International credits include productions in Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, France, and touring all of Western Europe.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW
CATS first premiered in 1980 as a collection of songs, with lyrics based off of T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and music arranged by Andrew Lloyd Webber. When Webber debuted the songs at the Sydmonton Festival in London, Eliot's widow Valerie Fletcher approached the composer with a collection of her late husband's unpublished work. It was then that the idea to transform the series of songs into a full-scale musical was born.

Later that same year, Webber collaborated with director Trevor Nunn to create a story from the famous book for poems that would translate to the stage. Three of the unpublished poems that were given to Webber by Fletcher were incorporated into the show in their entirety, including Grizabella the Glamour Cat.

Since its debut on the West End in 1981, CATS has become an international phenomenon and holds the current record as the second-longest running Broadway musical of all time, surpassed only by Webber's own The Phantom of the Opera. The show has been translated into 10 different languages and performed in 26 countries. It has won numerous awards, including the 1981 Laurence Olivier award for Musical of the Year, the Evening Standard award for Best Musical, and seven 1983 Tony® awards, including Best Musical.

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL COMPOSER
Andrew Lloyd Webber (Music) is the composer of The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sundaylater combined as Song & Dance, CATS, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love,Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Woman in White and Love Never Dies. He composed the film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File and a setting of the Latin Requiem mass. Recent producer credits include A.R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams, The Sound of Music,The Wizard of Oz and films of The Phantom of the Opera and the acclaimed Australian production of Love Never Dies. He pioneered television casting for musical theatre with the Emmy Award-winning "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? His awards include seven Tonys®, three Grammys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers and the Kennedy Center Honor.

Performance Schedule for CATS
Friday July 18 8 p.m.
Saturday July 19 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday July 20 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday July 22 8 p.m.
Wednesday July 23 8 p.m.
Thursday July 24 8 p.m.
Friday July 25 8 p.m.
Saturday July 26 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday July 27 2 p.m.
TICKETS
Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call ourGroup Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of PNC for its sponsorship of the PNC Spotlight Series and our Season Sponsors: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WTAE-TV.
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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 19 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 19:17:00
 
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Release Date:  July 14, 2014      Contact:  Janet Heyl (412) 395-6560, ext. 103 | Janet.Heyl@sba.gov
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Kelly Collier stitches together stylish back brace business weaving biomedical engineering and athletic background
Western Penna. SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year lauded on Aug. 4

PITTSBURGH Her clients might not walk the red carpet donning her creations, but Kelly Collier, 25, founder and CEO of ActivAided Orthotics has a loyal following of more than 500 customers, including Harrison Ruopp, a defenseman with the Pittsburgh Penguin organization.

Collier's efforts enabled her to collect honors as the U. S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Western Pennsylvania Young Entrepreneur of the Year for a design that revamped the traditional rigid back brace into a functional, flexible shirt.

It [this award] is pretty amazing, Collier said.  It's a big testament to the many mentors and advisors who have helped me develop my products.

An avid swimmer, Collier's back pain problems became the catalyst for the project which was developed by a physician Dr. Gary Chimes, Collier and her peers as a senior project at Carnegie Mellon University.  Unlike her classmates, Collier gave herself additional homework when she incorporated the assignment into a post-graduate business.

The West Mifflin area entrepreneur, who always did well in school, found she was on pins and needles when developing the product prototype.  The only B's I ever received were in home economics, so it took me about 15 hours to personally stitch each of the first five prototypes using my mom's sewing machine, she stated.

Her prototype enabled Collier to utilize Pittsburgh's AlphaLab accelerators, funded in part through SBA grants, to grow her business.  SBA funding helps ensure that local manufacturers are equipped to handle the supply-chain needs of new companies housed at the AlphaLab accelerators.

Kelly is the type of entrepreneur we love to see come into AlphaLab and grow after completing our training program, said Jim Jen, director.  Kelly's business has gone from a rough prototype, which was a college project, into a dynamic, growing company with medical distributors all over the country.

Collier said the posture-corrective shirt enables the body to naturally align the spine leading to better posture resulting in less pain, a better appearance, confidence and breathing.

Ruopp, who at the start of the hockey season experienced a lot of back pain, was told by a physician he would need a back brace. Ruopp said his first reaction was Whoa!  -- until he saw the shirt.

It's stylish, not restrictive and I could put it on and go out, he said. I have poor posture from playing hockey and working on our grain farm back home, but, wearing the shirt for a few hours a day personally helped me.

"The shirt and its correction straps, stabilization belt and posture panel is comprehensive and targets the lower back and shoulders, it focuses on total alignment of the spine, Collier explained. It's an undershirt but it rehabilitates the back it's not restrictive or immobilizing, but more of a performance sportswear shirt worn a few hours a day.

Ruopp said the straps on the shoulders helped straighten his torso upright.

Collier added running a business is more difficult for her than obtaining degrees in biomedical engineering and materials science.  This is real-world responsibilities and the stakes are higher, Collier exclaimed. But when patients, like Ruopp, love and appreciate the product, it makes the hard work worth it.

According to White, Collier is an entrepreneur who saw herself as the solution to a problem. Her back problems led her to turn this project into a business that helps correct posture in a non-restrictive form, White said. It's incredible that a simple shirt will be able to help so many athletes plagued by back pain.

Once she receives her award, Collier, will be doing more than just thanking her peers and mentors she's inviting them to a free physical medicine symposium hosted by her.

I will be speaking about treatment through innovation and will preview prototypes of our newest products: a device that stabilizes and balances hip muscles along with a sock that designed to rehabilitate Achilles Tendinopathy, Collier explained.  James Lomuscio of Hability is discussing provider-patient relationships, while Bob Wanovich from Highmark is addressing reimbursement which pays for value and efficient patient care.

WHAT:   Clinicians, community leaders and media representatives are invited to the Riverside Center for Innovation, where Ms. Kelly Collier, founder and CEO of ActivAided Orthotics, not only will receive her SBA award but also host a medical symposium. To interview Kelly Collier or Kevin White, Western Penn. SBA acting district director, please call Janet Heyl at 412-395-656 x103

WHEN:  Monday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15212

REGISTRATION: ActivAided Orthotics at 412-573-9791 or info@activaided.com

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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 19:09:00
 
Media Contacts:
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SIMPLE INGREDIENTS TO ADD FRESH FOOD OPTIONS
IN PITTSBURGH'S DOWNTOWN CULTURAL DISTRICT


PITTSBURGH, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that Simple Ingredients, a moderately priced take-out restaurant, will offer fresh salads and wraps made daily as well as homemade soups available this fall.  Simple Ingredients will open July 2014 in a storefront on Liberty Avenue, between the Harris Theater and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Education Center at 807 Liberty Avenue, in a property owned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

The owner of the Simple Ingredients, Michael Tarquinio, also owns Sal's City Deli, which was founded in 2012 and opened in Pittsburgh's Cultural District with great success.  The Pittsburgh City Paper called Sal's City Deli the perfect getaway for lunch outside of New York.  Simple Ingredients will be a sister location to Sal's City Deli and will also include higher end fresh and organic ingredients within its menu options.
Some people may prefer a quick beverage and a salad to an overflowing potato-pancake Reuben, shared Tarquinio.  We also want to offer good food for those who may be seeking a somewhat healthier alternative.  Simple Ingredients will be a great addition for fast business lunches as well as a healthy alternative for the many new Cultural District residents.

We are thrilled to welcome Simple Ingredients with its quick and healthy menu options for residents, professionals and entertainment seekers in the Cultural District, said J. Kevin McMahon, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust president and chief executive officer. Central to the Trust's mission is attracting people downtown to enjoy outstanding shows and exhibitions, and making sure that they can enjoy a comprehensive experience, including dining at a broad array of restaurants.

Simple Ingredients will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturdays.  The store will open for extended hours during Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawls, and other special events.

ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org

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Publish Date: 07-31-2014 19:03:00
 
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A CRAZY, CLEVER COMEDY
comes to the CLO Cabaret!
The Pittsburgh Premiere of Murder For Two Opens October 22

Pittsburgh, PA · July 15, 2014 Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to announce the Pittsburgh Premiere of the Off-Broadway sensation Murder For Two, October 22-January 18 at the CLO Cabaret.  Everyone is a suspect in this exciting production where classic musical comedy meets Agatha Christie.  In this witty and winking musical homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries, TWO performers play THIRTEEN ROLES ” not to mention the piano.  Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder!

More about the Mystery¦

Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed¦fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills”with the help of his silent partner, Lou.  But whodunit?  Did Dahlia Whitney, Arthur's scene-stealing wife, give him a big finish?  Is Barrette Lewis, the prima ballerina, the prime suspect?  Did Dr. Griff, the overly-friendly psychiatrist, make a frenemy?   Marcus has only a short amount of time to find the killer and make his name before the real detective arrives¦and the ice cream melts!

INGENIOUS! A SNAZZY double-act! by The New York Times and a HILARIOUS musical whodunit by the New York Observer.  It is a A MUST-SEE 90-minute jolt of CAFFEINATED CREATIVITY, according to NY 1-TV.


Murder For Two was developed at Adirondack Theatre Festival and 42nd Street Moon. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presented the World Premiere Production in May, 2011, which was extended four times and ran for more than six months. Murder For Two opened at Second Stage Theatre's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, in July, 2013. It was extended twice due to popular demand. The Second Stage production transferred to New World Stages in 2013.

About the Creative Team
Murder For Two is the creation of the talented writing team of Joe Kinosian (music and book) and Kellen Blair (lyrics and book), who first met in the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, where they're currently Advanced Members. Kinosian and Blair's song "If He Knew Me" recently had its Broadway debut at the 2013 Theatre World Awards. They're proud members of ASCAP and recipients of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers / Lorenz Hart Award. Their work has also been showcased at the York Theater's 2012 NEO concert, Adirondack Theater Festival's Second Act Cabaret, The Kennedy Center's "Broadway Today and Tomorrow" series, the Kauffman Center's "Bound for Broadway" concert, and a November 2012 New York Theatre Barn Concert.  Their past work includes Pirates Don't Change Diapers for TheatreWorks USA and two Christmas songs for the 2009 and 2010 Lincoln Center Annual Holiday Songbooks. They also took part in the 2010 Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project, where their song, "You're Mine Until," was selected to be part of a gala concert honoring Stephen Schwartz. They received a 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical for Murder For Two. Currently, Kinosian and Blair are in development on several new musicals, including The More Things Change, a backstage musical comedy about two middle-aged actors battling to set the record straight about their shaky romantic past.

Joining Pittsburgh CLO for the first time to direct is Scott Schwartz, who will return to the director's chair after directingMurder For Two off-Broadway and in its run at Second Stage Uptown.  On Broadway, he directed Golda's Balcony andJane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). His Off-Broadway work includes Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), tick, tick¦BOOM! (Outer Critics Circle, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical); Rooms: A Rock Romance; The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick (Roundabout Theatre Company), Kafka's The Castle (Outer Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play), and No Way to Treat a Lady. He also directed Golda's Balcony on tour, in London, in Los Angeles at the Wadsworth Theatre and in San Francisco at American Conservatory Theater.

Mr. Schwartz directed the world premiere of SГ©ance on a Wet Afternoon at Opera Santa Barbara and subsequently at New York City Opera. His other recent credits include the world premiere of Secondhand Lions (5th Avenue Theatre), the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's What We're Up Against (Alley Theatre), Arsenic and Old Lace starring Tovah Feldshuh and Betty Buckley (Dallas Theater Center), Othello and Much Ado About Nothing (Alley Theatre), A Room With A View (Old Globe), and a re-envisioning of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under The Stars, Theatre on the Square and North Shore Music Theatre; 2008 IRNE Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical). He is the Artistic Director of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an Associate Artist at the Alley Theatre, and a graduate of Harvard University.
Tickets

Tickets to this Pittsburgh premiere will go on sale in late July and will be available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets now and should call 412-325-1582 for information on group discounts and special event planning.

Murder for Two Performances
Wednesdays                7:30pm
Thursdays*                 7:30pm          
Fridays                        7:30pm                                                                                                    
Saturdays                    2:00pm & 7:30pm        
Sundays                       2:00pm

*Select Thursdays at 1pm with optional buffet lunch.  Call Group Sales for details.
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PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
YANNI: WORLD TOUR 2014
August 16, 2014 | 8 p.m. | Benedum Center

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Yanni: World Tour 2014. The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series welcomes fans to experience Yanni in concert. Yanni's orchestra composed of top musicians and vocalists from around the world will perform music selections from the beginning of his career to his latest album. Tickets are currently on sale ranging from $42.25 - $152.25.  The performance begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Benedum Center on August 16. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit TrustArts.org, or call 412-456-6666.

Yanni is an acclaimed performer and composer has influenced multiple genres of music through his talents. His performances have grasped the attention of the world and continue to leave audiences in amazement. The 2014 World Tour is traveling to over 20 countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Belarus, United States, and Canada.


Yanni is a Kalamata, Greece native who taught himself how to play the piano. Spending 15 hours a day on a piano and having perfect pitch contributed to his successful music career. His latest instrumental and vocal album, Inspirato, was released in April 2014 after four years of preparation. The music for this album took over 30 years because the creative inspiration stems from all of Yanni's past loves. Inspiratoreached the number one spot on Billboard's Top New Age Album category for 2014. Other albums that have topped the charts are Yanni'sYanni Mexicanisimo, released in October 2010 and Truth of Touch, released in February 2011. With more than 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide, two Grammy nominations, and over 25 million albums sold globally, Yanni is a living legend.

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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Find Your Grail with Pittsburgh CLO's
Monty Python's Spamalot
The Quest for the Holy Grail Begins at the Benedum Center July 29-August 3


Pittsburgh, PA ˆ™ July 21, 2014 Join the quest for the Holy Grail July 29-August 3 with Monty Python's Spamalot. Based on the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is the award-winning Broadway musical that took the Tony Awards ® by storm in 2005.

Winner of the Tony Award ® for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail. This hilarious retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail features flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers including The Song That Goes Like This and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!

ABOUT THE CAST
Robert Creighton (Mayor) appeared on Broadway in: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Durdles), Anything Goes (Purser/Moonface) Chicago (Amos), The Lion King (Timon), The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis),Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Laughing Room Only  TV: Elementary, Law & Order, Life on Mars. Co-author and star of CAGNEY the award winning new musical about film legend James Cagney. Debut album: AIN'T WE GOT FUN!

Michael Brian Dunn (Sir Bedevere) starred in Pittsburgh CLO's productions of CATS and The Full Monty. Broadway: The Life, CATS, Guys and Dolls, Big River, Baby, Sweeney Todd. National/International Tours: Amadeus, HMS Pinafore, If This Hat Could Talk, Stratford Festival Canada:HMS Pinafore, (Ralph Rackstraw) Nina and the Twelve Months, Tokyo, (performed in Japanese) Off Broadway: Perfect Crime, Ensemble Studio Theater, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Love In Two Countries, Lenny and The Heartbreakers & Death Of Von Richthofen both at New York Shakespeare Festival, Gifts of the Magi, Kenedy's Children. Regional Theaters: All over the country. Television: Law and Order CI, Trial by Jury, S.V.U.  Film: Julie & Julia (Ivan Cousins) starring Meryl Streep.

Tyler Hanes (Sir Galahad) preformed on Broadway/NY in: A Chorus Line (Larry), A Bed & A Chair: A New York Love Affair, Hairspray (Link), Juno (Johnny Boyle), Sweet Charity (Charlie), The Frogs, The Boy From Oz, Urban Cowboy, Oklahoma! Other favorites: Mary Poppins (Bert), On The Town (Gabey),All Shook Up (Chad), Cabaret (Cliff), Les Miserables (Enjolras), CLO's 42nd Street (Billy), Footloose(Ren), Fosse (first national tour).

Tom Hewitt (King Arthur) has been  seen on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Dracula; The Musical, Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), The Lion King.  National tours:  Urinetown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peter Pan.  Off Broadway:  Treasure Island,Jeffery, Beau Jest (Outer Critics nomination).  Recent Regional Credits:  Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots(La Jolla Playhouse),  Kiss Me, Kate (Muny, Reprise! LA), Travesties (Long Wharf, CT Critics Award).  Film and TV:  Law and Order, All My Children, Julie Taymors' Fools' Fire.

Adam Pelty (Sir Lancelot) has performed on Broadway in: Cyrano The Musical, Steel Pier, Joseph¦,A Christmas Carol, Titanic, The Scarlet Pimpernel (original choreographer). Regional: The Drowsy Chaperone (Jeff nom); Putting It Together (Jeff nom); Spamalot at Drury Lane, Fulton Theatre and Maine State (Robin and Lance). Current: Professor of Theatre at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, Billy Elliot at Ogunquit Playhouse (choreographer).

Brian Shepard (Prince Herbert) appeared in the original Broadway companies of Spamalot, Young Frankenstein and the most recent Broadway revivals of Follies, Guys & Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun andPeter Pan. He just played Bud Frump in H2$ at Walnut Street.

Elizabeth Stanley (The Lady of the Lake) starred in the role of Lucy in Pittsburgh CLO's production ofJekyll and Hyde. Broadway original roles: Dyanne-Million Dollar Quartet; Allison-Cry-Baby, and April-Company (2007 Tony Award).  First National Tour: Kira-Xanadu. NY: Gussie- Merrily We Roll Along at New York City Center, Encores! Off-Broadway: The Nurse-Hello, Again (Drama League Nomination). TV:The Black Box, Made in Jersey, Fringe, The Chappelle Show, and PBS Great Performances.  Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Goodspeed, Sacramento Music Circus, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Rep. of St. Louis, O'Neill, La Jolla Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse.

Jeremy Webb (Sir Robin) has been seen in Pittsburgh CLO productions of Camelot and The Full Monty. His Pittsburgh credits include: The Glorious Ones (premiere) at Pittsburgh Public. The Visit(Broadway, The Actors Fund); Lincoln Center Theater: The Glorious Ones (Original Cast Recording);The Baltimore Waltz; Tabletop (Drama Desk Award); Photograph 51, BFF, Reading Under The Influence. Also Williamstown, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Alley, O'Neill, McCarter, LA Theatre Works, New York Stage and Film; The Old Globe, Long Wharf Theatre; Hangar Theatre, and Sir Robin inSpamalot at TUTS, Theatre Under The Stars and Fulton. His film and television credits include: Love Walked In, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Spamalot is complete with a talented ensemble, including Sal Bucci, Jesse Carrey, Lucas Fedele,Tsilala Graham-Haynes, Stephanie Maloney, Connor McRory, Mara Newbery, Will Porter, Ethan Saviet, Liz Schmitz, Jenna Nicole Schoen and Katie Terza.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Marc Robin (Director/Choreographer) has staged over 300 shows throughout the country, including theatres such as Walnut Street, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Marriott, Skylight, Maine State, TUTS and The Fulton theatre where he has served as Artistic Director for the past 5 seasons.  He has received many awards and honors. (54 Jeff nominations, 16 Jeff Awards, 13 After Dark Awards, 4 Barrymore nominations, 6 Broadway World Nominations and one Broadway World award, 3 Arizoni Awards, A lifetime Achievement Award and others.).

Tom Helm (Music Director) returns for his 19th season with Pittsburgh CLO. His theater credits include the Broadway productions of Souvenir, Les MisГ©rables, Me and My Girl, Cats and Brigadoon. He has also contributed his talents to television programs such as Crazy For You and the Today Show. Mr. Helm has conducted at Radio City Music Hall, Paper Mill Playhouse and many other regional and national theaters.

Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting Designer) recently completed work on Pittsburgh CLO's Ring of Fire at the CLO Cabaret, as well as Hope and Gravity at City Theatre. He has designed for every local company in Pittsburgh. National credits include: The Asolo, Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Merrimack Reparatory Company, The Arden Theatre Company, Spoleto Festival USA, Dallas Summer Musicals, Theater of the Stars, Madison Opera, as well as others. International credits include productions in Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, France, and touring all of Western Europe.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW
Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. According to Eric Idle, one of Spamalot's original creators, the title of the show comes from a line in the movie: "We eat ham, and jam and Spam a lot."

Previews of the show began in Chicago's Shubert Theatre February 14, 2005 and the show officially opened March 17, 2005. The original Broadway production in 2005, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical and received 14 Tony Award nominations. During its initial run of more than 1,500 performances, it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.

A London production of Spamalot opened at the Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End on September 30, 2006, with tickets on sale booking to November 2008. The show has continued to tour in more than 15 different countries around the world.

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM
John Du Prez (Music) is a musician and composer best known as a past member of 1980's multi-hit New Wave Salsa group Modern Romance (1981-83). After his time with the band, Du Prez concentrated on composing music scores for films like the Rob Lowe vehicle, Oxford Blues (1984), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). He has since collaborated with ex- Modern Romance frontman David Jaymes a number of times, most notably on the feature film Fascination(2004), and their single 'Best Years of Our Lives' featured in Shrek (2001). John is friend to Eric Idle and has worked with him on numerous Monty Python projects including Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). He and Eric wrote and performed the song 'Really Nice Day' in the animated movie The Wild (2006).

Eric Idle (Book & Lyrics) was one of the core members of the comedy troupe who starred in the hit TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-74) and one of "The Rutles," a satirical rock band based on The Beatles. The success of Monty Python's television show led to several feature films that Idle appeared in and co-scripted, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and Life of Brian (1979). Apart from Monty Python, Idle created the mockumentary TV feature The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash(1978) and has appeared in several television and movie roles, including voice work in features such as 102 Dalmations (2000, with Glenn Close) and Ella Enchanted (2004, with Anne Hathaway). In 2005 Idle's stage adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, titled Spamalot (starring Tim Curry), earned him the Tony Awards® for Best Book of a Musical and for Best Original Score.

Performance Schedule for Spamalot
Tuesday July 29 8 p.m.
Wednesday July 30 8 p.m.
Thursday July 31 8 p.m.
Friday August 1 8 p.m.
Saturday August 2 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday August 3 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
TICKETS
Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call ourGroup Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.
Pittsburgh CLO gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our Season Sponsors: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WTAE-TV.
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July 17, 2014


PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CLOSES SUMMER SEASON WITH TWO CLASSICAL CONCERTS

PITTSBURGH ” The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra closes its summer season with two one-night-only classical concerts on July 25, Symphonic Celebration, and August 2, Triple Play.

Lawrence Loh (Rob Davison)

Pittsburgh Symphony Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra throw a musical party during Symphonic Celebration, a concert featuring Dvorak's Carnival Overture, Brahm's Symphony No. 3 and a breathtaking performance of Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 with Russian pianist Olga Kern.
Olga Kern (Chris Lee)

On August 2, Chinese pianist Xiayin Wang and Italian guest conductor Christian Capocaccia present a concert with a unique format and a little musical something for everyone! This concert features several light classical favorites, virtuoso piano fireworks from Wang and music from the silver screen with two intermissions. The Tales of Hoffmann, suites from Pirates of the Caribbean and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Ravel's Concerto in G major for piano and orchestra, and much more will be performed.
For both concerts, tickets are $25 and $50 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.

Guest Conductor Christian Capocaccia

Pianist Xiayin Wang





Resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today.  He was brought to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike. Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His leadership has attracted such artists as AndrГ© Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.

Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. In 2001, she became the first woman in more than 30 years to receive the Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Kern is a laureate of 11 international competitions including her first place win at the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at the age of 17 and has toured throughout her native Russia, Europe and the United States, as well as in Japan, South Africa and South Korea. Kern was the recipient of an honorary scholarship from the president of Russia in 1996 and is a member of Russia's International Academy of Arts. She studied with Sergei Dorensky at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Boris Petrushansky at the acclaimed Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro in Imola, Italy. Kern's performance career has brought her to many of the world's most important venues, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich and the ChГctelet in Paris. She has appeared as a soloist with the Kirov Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theater, the Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Russian National, China Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, Torino Symphony and Cape Town Symphony Orchestras. Kern has collaborated with many prominent conductors in the world today, including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Termirkanov, Pinchas Zukerman and James Conlon.

Italian conductor Christian Capocaccia has distinguished himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with singers has made him a favorite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists. The 2013-2014 season continues a run of company debuts for Capocaccia, beginning with the Welsh National Opera. In his second season as music director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Capocaccia continues to expand the scope of the organization and realize his vision of a summer festival featuring symphonic and operatic performances. He made his company debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony, assisting on several performances in December and February, including a recording of Bruckner 4th Symphony, with Manfred Honeck, and covering Schumann 2nd Symphony with Gianandrea Noseda. In April, he makes his debut with the Manhattan School of Music conducting the rarely performed Haydn opera, Orlando Paladino. He concludes the season with another company debut, at the Cincinnati Opera, covering performances of Madame Butterfly. As a guest conductor he appears both in the United States and in Europe in venues such as the New Auditorium Parco della Musica and the Teatro Farnese in Rome and the Lyric Opera House of Baltimore at the head of the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, The Moscow Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica CittГ  di Grosseto, Orchestra CittГ  Aperta, International Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra da Camera delle Marche and Orchestra Sinfonica di Pesaro among others. Born in Rome, he began studying the violin at the age of 9. He attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory. He earned his Diploma under Paolo Ciociola and completed his studies with world-renowned violinist Nina Beilina in New York. Subsequently he studied composition under Boris Porena and Luciano Pelosi, and conducting with Piero Bellugi and Donato Renzetti. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington under David Effron he has participated in master classes with Herbert Blomstedt, Gustav Meier and Leonard Slatkin.

As recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist in such venues as New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Xiayin Wang has already achieved a high level of recognition for her commanding performances. In January 2014, Wang performed Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with the National Gallery of Art Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Engaged as soloist in Gerard Schwarz's acclaimed All-Star Orchestra, Wang was featured as part of a nationally broadcast series of performances on syndicated PBS stations throughout the United States in fall 2013. Wang was the focus of a five-part concert series at the Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, where she was heard with such ensembles as the Escher Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet and the Washington Soloists Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Vladimir Lande. Wang's latest recording, American Piano Concertos, featuring the Barber, Copland and Gershwin piano concertos, which she performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, was released on the Chandos label late last year. Wang has been heard as guest soloist with the Santa Barbara Symphony, CA, and toured South America with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. In 2011-2012, she made her London debut at Cadogan Hall in a program of Haydn, Liszt, Wild, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Other concert and recital commitments have taken Wang throughout the United States to such venues and locations as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Tanglewood, the University of Miami, Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples Florida, the Caramoor Center in Katonah, NY, Saratoga Arts Festival, Coastal Carolina Arts Festival, the Meyer Concert Series at The Smithsonian in D.C. and the East Hawaii Cultural Center on the island of Hawaii. Xiayin Wang completed studies at the Shanghai Conservatory and garnered an enviable record of first prize awards and special honors for her performances throughout China, most notably in the Fu Zhou National Piano Competition, Hang Zhou Instrumental Competition, Zhe Jiang Competition and the National Piano Competition in Beijing. She began piano studies at the age of five, and subsequently came to New York in 1997 and, in 2000, was awarded the Certificate of Achievement by the Associated Music Teacher League of New York, winning an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall. She also pursued studies at the Manhattan School of Music and won the school's Eisenberg Concerto Competition in 2002, as well as the Roy M. Rubinstein Award. Xiayin Wang holds Bachelor's, Master's and Professional Studies degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky and Nina Svetlanova.

For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony is critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras. They have made more than 35 international tours, and recently returned from their 2013 European Festivals Tour, where enthralled audiences filled the PSO's concerts in Grafenegg, Berlin, Bucharest, Paris, DГ¼sseldorf, Frankfurt, Lucerne and Bonn.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

Editors Please Note:
Friday, July 25, 7:00 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONIC CELEBRATION
LAWRENCE J. LOH, conductor
OLGA KERN, piano

Antonin Dvorak                          Carnival Overture, Opus 92
Johannes Brahms                        Symphony No. 3 in F major, Opus 90
                                                            I. Allegro con brio
                                                            II. Andante
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro

Sergei Rachmaninoff                   Concerto No. 2 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 18
                                                            I. Moderato
                                                            II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
Ms. Kern

Saturday, August 2, 7:35 p.m.

Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONIC CELEBRATION
CHRISTIAN CAPOCACCIA, conductor
XIAYIN WANG, piano

Mikhail Glinka                           Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Franz von SuppГ©                        Overture to The Beautiful Galathea
(Ross Jungnickel)

Jacques Offenbach                      Intermezzo and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann
Gioachino Rossini                       Overture to Guillaume Tell
Maurice Ravel                            Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra
I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto
Ms. Wang
Klaus Badelt (Ted Ricketts)          Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean
Hans Zimmer (Ralph Ford)           Music from Batman: The Dark Knight Rises

John Williams                            Suite from Star Wars
                                                            Imperial March
                                                            Princess Leia's Theme
                                                            Main Title


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Publish Date: 06-23-2014 04:00:00
 

CONTACT:     Donna Baxter, President NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh
                                 412-251-000 or nawbopittsburgh@gmail.com

NAWBO Event Shows Women

How to Blog Their Way to Success

PITTSBURGH, June 21, 2014 Heads up women writers, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations. This event is just what you need. NAWBO Pittsburgh brings you Pittsburgh Women Blog Their Way to Success on June 28, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You'll learn ways to make your blogging pay in money or credibility and more. That's right. Whether you're blogging for passion or profit, blogging can lift you to your next level. And these women will show you how:

Cynthia Closkey: President of Big Big Design, she develops online marketing strategies for small businesses and small entities. She also co-founded Pittsburgh Blogger's Directory and is a lead organizer with Podcamp Pittsburgh  www.bigbigdesign.com 







R'Chelle Mullins: Ro shares her adventures in dating with RoManticlyRo.com
which is all about the "adventures and misadventures of a 30 something gal on the verge of dumping dating." Her website, Creatively Yours, hosts campaigns and fosters lasting relationships with leading beauty brands. RoManticlyRo.com 





Suzanne Mauro: AICI, is a producer, webcaster, blogger, author, style editorial contributor, on-air fashion editor, certified professional media and fashion stylist, and mentor for fashion teen boards. Style Everyday With Suz, an inside look at the Arts, Culture & Style of Pittsburgh,  www.suzannemauro.com



 Lindsay Snodgrass:  Lindsay knows how to walk the talk. She's managed to shed and keep off upwards of
40 pounds without ever dieting.  She shares it all on Confessions of a Human Vacuum (http://humancacuum.wordpress,con),

Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different
kind of story as a new mom at DiaryofaFirstTimeMom.com.  Since Heather started to blog she has garnered numerous awards, and served as a blogger spokesperson for Little Remedies® and Playtex Baby®. 
Additional information on the event and registration at:





The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.  The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter is the fifth oldest chapter in the country, established in 1975.

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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:28:00
 
For Immediate Release            
Contact:
Marty Stahl
Cell: 412.589.2612
Randy Morris
740-593-9887                  

Volunteers of America Working Order program wins
International Business Incubator Award

PITTSBURGH, Pa., May 20, 2014 Working Order, a program of the Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, has been named National Business Incubation Association's 2014 Dinah Adkins Incubator of the Year in the general and special focus category. The National Business Incubation Association is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship.

Working Order's goal is to increase opportunity for self-employment for individuals with disadvantages and/or disabilities who find traditional employment requirements difficult due to acquired or developmental disabilities. Opportunities for traditional employment can be limited by transportation challenges, unpredictable changes in health, a life-long or newly acquired disability and/or the need for additional support on the job. Working Order has proven that the option of self-employment creates additional opportunities for meaningful community engagement and full inclusion in the workforce, for people with disabilities. The program provides coaching, training and referral to resources which help individuals become successful business owners resulting in increased independence and improved quality of life through entrepreneurship.

Randy Morris, director of Member Services for NBIA said, Volunteers of America's Working Order program was unique among our finalists this year.  We are pleased to recognize this small business incubator for persons with disabilities and other disadvantages.

Marty Stahl

Marty Stahl, director of Working Order said, We are thrilled to be recognized by NBIA. Our success is in our ability to provide the tools and guidance to the people we serve which results in their individual success.

Since 1996, Working Order has served 636 persons in the greater Pittsburgh area and helped 203 participants launch and/or grow their businesses in fields including graphic design, bookkeeping, tax preparation, grant writing, virtual office assistance, hair dressing, cleaning services, massage therapy, sculpture, portraiture, dog training, lawn care, accessibility construction, career transition coaching, golf instruction, event planning, care managing and more.

Outcome metrics from Working Order's 2013 survey of entrepreneurs reveal that through coaching, training and access to resources, participants have become more self-sufficient and more financially independent.

Volunteers of America has served Pennsylvanians since 1896. The agency currently serves more than 28,000 citizens annually across the commonwealth through programs located in Allentown,Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Wilkes-Barre.

People served include individuals with disabilities; at-risk children and youth; families in emergency situations; those in need of employment; elderly individuals and couples on fixed incomes; persons with severe and chronic mental illness; families with limited incomes; infants, children, and adolescents that have been abused, neglected, and/or exploited; children with behavioral challenges and educational deficits; women who are homeless; pregnant teens and teenage mothers; and homeless veterans and their families.


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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:23:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  

CONTACT:    
Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
412-255-1279

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Announces the 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards
Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 29

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 21, 2014):  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will recognize seven extraordinary women for their demonstrated excellence and leadership in the workplace and in the community as part of the 32nd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon to be held on Thursday, May 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue.

Awardees for 2014 include:
· Allerton Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Kay Poppenberg, Non-profit Management Consultant, Executive Director, The Jannetta Neuroscience Foundation, Inc.
· Business & Professional Services: Lisa M. Kuzma, Senior Program Officer, Richard King Mellon Foundation
· Civic & Community Service: Lucille Prater-Holliday, Founder, Black Women's Empowerment Institute
· Education: M.J. Tocci, Posthumous, Co-Founder & Former Director, Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women at Carnegie Mellon University
· Health & Human Services: Kimberlee Evert, MPH, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
· Science & Technology: Shakita Trigg, CSSGB, Project Manager, FedEx Ground
· Young Leader: La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM, Founder and Executive Director, New Voices Pittsburgh

We are excited to honor these seven remarkable women whose efforts and achieve¬ments have improved the lives of women and children throughout our Pittsburgh community, said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  The honorees are truly deserving of the YWCA's Tribute to Women Leadership Award. They are role models for us all and for future generations of women.

This year was particularly challenging for the Tribute to Women Selection Committee. Included among the nominees were two women M.J. Tocci and Laurel Y. Ragland who are no longer with us. In addition to the Education Award to M.J. Tocci, the committee gave Special Recognition to Laurel Y. Ragland, recent Chief Financial Officer of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh launched the Tribute to Women Leadership Awards in 1983 to affirm its mission to empower women and girls to reach their personal and professional goals. Since then, the YWCA has honored the accomplishments of more than 200 exceptional women, saluting them for helping to shape the direction of our region and improve the lives of others.

The Allerton Award, named after the first president of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Mrs. O.H. Allerton, was created to honor a woman for lifetime achievement.  Mrs. Allerton served as president of the YWCA's board on three separate terms; from 1878 to 1881, 1895 to 1896, and 1915 to 1916.  This special award is given, at the discretion of the Selection Committee and with approval of the YWCA Board of Directors, to a woman who epitomizes the philosophies and concepts of the YWCA.  This year's Allerton Award recipient, Mary Kay Poppenberg, is only the 13th such recipient of this honor since the inception of Tribute to Women.

Peggy Finnegan, co-anchor for WPXI Channel 11 News at 5 and 6 p.m., will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies during the luncheon. Ms. Finnegan received a Tribute to Women Leadership Award in 1997 in the Communications category.
 
Proceeds from the event help create positive changes in the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women and families served by the YWCA.  For more information about Tribute to Women, call 412-255-1261 or go to www.ywcapgh.org.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency; and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  For more information about the YWCA's programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.

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Laura Harwin
Director of Development and Marketing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-255-1279 (phone)
412-391-5109 (fax)

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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:14:00
 
For Immediate Release
June 9, 2014


MOVIE COSTUME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS CONCERT ON JULY 19

PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for costumed volunteers to greet arriving patrons and pose for a photo or two for The Music of John Williams concert on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

Volunteers are needed to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, E.T. or Superman. Participants will receive two free tickets to the concert and should arrive at the hall by 1 p.m. Photos also will be used on social media.

Interested volunteers should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard, rhoward@pittsburghsymphony.org, along with contact information by June 30. Finalists will be notified by July 9.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:08:00
 
For Immediate Release
June 11, 2014

WDVE PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF QUEEN WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HEINZ HALL JUNE 24


PITTSBURGH”The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will rock you with The Music of Queen on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

Featuring conductor/arranger Brent Havens' vision of classic rock coupled with classical music and the soaring vocals of Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band, this concert wraps the familiar sounds of Queen's iconic tunes with the support of a full orchestra and the visuals and energy of a live rock concert. Fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury will enjoy songs from many of their albums ” forgotten gems as well as popular hits ” including Classic Queen, A Night at the Opera, Heart Attack and A Kind of Magic, as Dolyniuk and his band stay true to the originals while the orchestra adds something special to the performances. Bohemian Rhapsody is just the start of the fun in this tribute to one of the best bands that ever rocked.

The band includes Havens and Dolyniuk (guitar/vocals) as well as Dan Clemens (bass/background vocals), Powell Randolph (drums/background vocals), George Cintron (guitar/background vocals) and Bart Kuebler (keyboards/background vocals). Havens and Dolyniuk were last seen at Heinz Hall during summer 2013 for The Music of Led Zeppelin.

Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to 75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson's 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by more than 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world's greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and countless others. Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is arranger/guest conductor for seven symphonic rock programs the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson and most recently, the Music of The Who !

Guest vocalist Brody Dolyniuk is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV, and movies. His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas' most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, YBR has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Dolyniuk has made numerous radio and TV appearances, and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multimedia, lasers, comedy and special effects. In 2007, Dolyniuk lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and has already done several more for the new Konami game Rock Revolution. As a devout classic rock/Queen fan, Dolyniuk's enthusiasm, vocal ability and on-stage energy were the perfect fit for The Music of Queen show.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 14:59:00
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 847-477-8714/Warchall@TrustArts.org
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org      
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
Images available: TrustArts.org/press
Search: Takeaway 2014



PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
THE TAKEAWAY: MADE WITH LOVE
AN ARTIST-CURATOR PROJECT INCORPORATING AMATEUR ARTWORK
July 11 August 1, 2014 | 937 Gallery | 937 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floor
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of The Takeaway: Made With Love, an exhibition of nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift store collections across several states. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show. The exhibition, organized by Robert Raczka, is on view July 11August 1, 2014, at 937 Liberty Avenue, second floor. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:309p.m., during the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.


Raczka purchased the exhibition's artworks”paintings, hand-knit afghans, handmade ceramics, and objects crafted in wood”for their aesthetic appeal and all-around interest, though they are artworks not generally presented in a fine art context. Among the works included are painted landscapes, pet portraits, spiritual imagery, and a wood mosaic Mayan calendar.

Raczka uses the exhibition budget, generally reserved for shipping and materials, to buy the art in thrift stores while exercising his curatorial eye. He sees the distribution of the artwork to the audience through a free lottery as a gift from the gallery as well as from himself.

I have a genuine appreciation for amateur art at its unselfconscious best, and I wanted to share that with the audience, says curator Robert Raczka. I had noticed that when someone is in an art gallery contemplating a purchase, they really look closely and think about the art. I have found that if the audience feels that they might end up taking the art home, they consider it more deeply.

At the conclusion of the exhibition, Raczka will select the winners at random, who are notified and able to pickup their artwork at the closing party Friday, August 1, 5:309 p.m., with an additional pick-up time Saturday, August 2, 15 p.m.

This is the forth in a series of exhibitions of thrift store art, the first held at Future Tenant in 2008, and combines Raczka's roles as artist and curator. For these exhibitions, he has been incorporating ideas artists have been working with in relational aesthetics, or the practice of artist-constructed social experiences where the artist becomes the facilitator rather than the focal point, such as Rirkrit Tiravanija's untitled project in which he cooked and served food in the Carnegie International, and Tino Sehgal's The Progress at the Guggenheim where visitors were engaged in a series of conversations about progress. Similar to these projects, Raczka's lottery is designed to reconsider and make use of art's social and institutional context and to create a nontraditional social interaction between artist/curator, the gallery, and the audience.

Robert Raczka is a Pittsburgh-based artist, writer, and curator, and he was previously a gallery director of 20 years. He earned an MFA in photography from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His artwork is in the form of photography, collage, and exhibitions incorporating found objects to engage with popular culture and taste, the public communications of advertising and marketing, and the often-tenuous connection between representation and reality. In 2013, Raczka curated Crowdsourced at SPACE, featuring 12 artists who included public input”either directly or through suggestions”into their artworks. Raczka's art criticism often appears in the Pittsburgh City Paper. He is emeritus professor of art at Allegheny College, Meadville, and he recently taught the graduate studio art seminar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

About 937 Gallery
937 Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The multiuse exhibition space is located at 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sunday, 125 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

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Publish Date: 06-21-2014 14:47:00
 
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2014

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GLADIATOR LIVE ON JULY 12

PITTSBURGH ” My name is Gladiator.

The words and music of the Oscar-winning film Gladiator will ring throughout Heinz Hall when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Gladiator Live on July 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Gladiator Live brings Ridley Scott's epic sword-and-sandals film to U.S. concert halls for the first time. Winner of five Academy Awards and countless other honors, Gladiator remains one of the most popular films in its genre of all-time, and its remarkable score, by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, is still one of the most recognizable soundtracks of all time.

Featuring world-renowned vocalist Clara Sanabras and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform the groundbreaking score while Gladiator plays overhead in high-definition on the big screen. Fans both old and new will experience the film in an exciting and unique way.

Tickets, $25-90, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.


Clara Sanabras enigmatic voice and multi-instrumentalism features in top Hollywood soundtracks such as The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Snow White and The Huntsman, For Greater Glory, The Lord of The Rings in Concert and Gladiator in Concert. Born in France, raised in Barcelona, now a Londoner, Sanabras is an exceptionally versatile musician and captivating performer. She sings and accompanies herself on baroque guitar, Indian harmonium, oud, charango, her music being as varied as her background.

Classically trained as a singer and pianist (Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Conservatori Superior del Liceu Barcelona), she has worked in the fields of early music, world music, jazz, folk and contemporary and now writes her own music. In an impressive back catalogue of recordings, theatre and screen credits, Sanabras has appeared at many international festivals and venues, including Glastonbury, The London Jazz Festival, Womad, Sydney Opera House, La Scala Milan, KKL Lucerne, Tokyo Casals Hall, and mingled with artists from all disciplines. Working alongside Howard Shore as the soloist of The Lord of The Rings in Concert and The Hobbit, she has also collaborated with James Newton-Howard (The Hunger Games ), Nigel Kennedy, Terry Edwards & London Voices, Jocelyn Pook, Alberto Iglesias, Avshalom Caspi, Rachel Portman, Natacha Atlas, Eliseo Parra, Jarvis Cocker, The Harp Consort, John Rutter, RPO, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, OAE, Ludwig Wicki & 21st Century Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Theatre of Voices, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Theatre of the Ayre, Charivari AgrГ©able, Israel Camerata, eX Ensemble & The Dufay Collective. Her song Nada Igual, as heard in La Reina del Sur was no. 1 in the iTunes charts (Mexico) in June 2011.

Since she burst into the global music scene in 2006, with the highly acclaimed album Clara & The Real Lowdown (Smudged Discs), produced by maverick producer and composer Harvey Brough (Harvey and The Wallbangers), they've recorded another two albums: Hopetown House featuring The Real Lowdown, a collective of the finest folk, jazz and world musicians in London, and The Emblem, released in February 2012. With her latest album and after the success of her critically-acclaimed soundtrack credits and world tours, she returns to her roots with an elegy to exile, told in Spanish, Catalan, French and English. Scattered Flight: Songs of Spanish Exile features stellar guests including Eliseo Parra, Cobla Sant Jordi and The Elysian Quartet, and is produced by Harvey Brough and recorded by Peter Schwier (Dexys).

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP), a chorus of 120 which includes a 20-voice professional core, is renowned for its versatility, singing oratorio, opera, Broadway, folk and symphonic repertoire. Founded in 1908, the MCP holds the distinction of being Pittsburgh's oldest continuously performing arts organization. The choir, in its 104th season and sixth under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, is known for its mastery of the great choral classics. The MCP is a Steinway Artist, the only chorus holding that designation.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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